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Post-Apocalyptic Trailer Watch: Tom Cruise's 'Oblivion' & Will Smith's 'After Earth' UPDATE

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 3:02PM

As Criticwire's Matt Singer humorously points out, the Hollywood pipeline currently holds two sci-fi films about lone survivors on post-apocalyptic Earths -- and both star Scientologists...
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Tom Cruise battles to save Earth in 'Oblivion.'
Tom Cruise battles to save Earth in 'Oblivion.'

As Criticwire's Matt Singer humorously points out, the Hollywood pipeline currently holds two sci-fi films about lone survivors on post-apocalyptic Earths -- and both star Scientologists. We've got trailers for both -- "Oblivion," starring Tom Cruise, and M. Night Shyamalan's "After Earth," starring Jaden and Will Smith.

In "Oblivion," out April 19, Cruise is Jak (not to be confused with "Jack Reacher"), a surface drone repairman who discovers a mysterious woman (Olga Kurlyenko) in a crash-landed pod. Martin Freeman and Melissa Leo also star. Watch both the first and second trailer below.

In "After Earth," out June 7, the two Smiths play a father and son who must explore a long-evacuated planet following an aircraft crash. It will be Shyamalan's follow-up to 2010's catastrophically reviewed, 3-D retrofitted "The Last Airbender."

This article is related to: Video, Trailers, Trailers, Tom Cruise, Will Smith, M. Night Shyamalan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.